Connor Wong’s big night in the batter’s box led the Worcester Red Sox past the Syracuse Mets, 9-1, on Thursday night at NBT Bank Stadium.
Wong had 5 RBI to lead Worcester’s offense. Victor Santos was dominant on the mound, giving up three hits in six innings while striking out 11. Geoff Hartlieb got the win after pitching an inning and striking out three.
Wong brought in the first run of the game during the first inning with a solo home run over the wall in right centerfield to kick-start Worcester’s offense.
During the second inning, Nick Sogard brought in two more runs with a double into right field. Tristan Casas and Ryan Fitzgerald scored. Pedro Castellanos chipped in a two-run home run in the third inning, bringing home Emmanuel Valdez.
Wong brought in another run off a ground out in the fourth inning. Fitzgerald scored to make it 6-0 and went out with a bang in the eighth inning, crushing a ball over the left field wall for his second homer of the night and make it 9-0.
Syracuse held off the shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning when Nick Dini hit a hard grounder into left field, brining home Gosuke Katoh.
Behind Santos, A.J. Politi and Hartlieb kept the Mets off the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth, respectively.
Worcester will look to make it three wins in a row on Friday when the team takes on Syracuse at 6:35 p.m..